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xiao8

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[e][h]PSG.LGDPSG.LGD xiao8
Player Information
Name:
张宁
Romanized Name:
Zhang Ning
Nationality:
Born:
January 11, 1989 (age 33)
Years Active (Player):
2011 - 2021
Current Role:
Team:
Nicknames:
Director 8
Approx. Total Winnings:
$1,884,412
Signature Hero:
Doom Nature's Prophet Beastmaster
Links
History
2011-08-02 — 2011-08-09
2011-08-09 — 2014-02-19
2014-02-23 — 2014-07-29
2014-12-31 — 2015-03-08
2015-03-08 — 2016-09-17
2016-09-17 — 2017-01-03
2017-01-10 — 2018-01-02
2018-01-02 — 2018-05-??
2018-05-25 — 2020-09-16
EHOME (Coach)
2020-09-16 — Present
PSG.LGD (Coach)

Zhang "xiao8" Ning is a Chinese Dota 2 player who is currently coaching PSG.LGD.

Biography[edit]

Xiao8 begun his professional career in September 2010 playing in Dream alongside Yao, DD, Li and SJQ.[1]

Dota 2[edit]

In early 2011 Xiao8 joined Catastrophic Cruel Memories along with Zhou, Ferrari 430 and ddc. After some success Xiao8 and his teammates moved to Invictus Gaming in a $6 million deal.[2] However the team failed to perform in The International 2011, and following a defeat to Tyloo at the World Cyber Games 2011 Xiao8 and ddc moved to LGD Gaming.[3] In LGD Gaming Xiao8 played the offlane prior to and during The International 2012, but afterwards played the solo mid role, up until his departure from the team.[4]

Xiao8 was then rumored to be part of a "Chinese Dream Team",[5] and it was later confirmed that he was acquired, along with Hao, by Newbee for approximately $100,000 USD,[6] joining KingJ, ZSMJ, and Mu. Xiao8 would start off in the support role, until ZSMJ and KingJ were replaced by Banana and Sansheng, delegating the offlane to Xiao8. This team would go on to win The International 2014, despite almost being eliminated in the group stages. On July 29th, Xiao8 announced his break from professional play on his Weibo.[7]

Following the conclusion of his playing career, Xiao8 moved into coaching for EHOME and later PSG.LGD, with whom he won the Animajor 2021 and finished runner up at The International 2021.

Trivia[edit]

  • He chose the name Xiao8 because Xiao1-7 were not available.[8]
  • Xiao8 married Chinese model Jie Zhao after meeting her on a Chinese game show,[9] after initially failing to woo any of the women on the show he re-appeared in a later episode and secured a date. In 2015, the two officially announced their divorce after being separated for an extended period.[10]

Achievements[edit]

DatePlaceTierTournamentTeamResultPrize
2021-09-101stA0Tier 1OGA Dota PIT InvitationalDota PITDota PITOGA Dota PIT InvitationalPSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD3 : 1Team SpiritTeam Spirit$114,500
2021-08-292ndA0Tier 1ESL One Fall 2021ESL OneESL OneESL One Fall 2021PSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD2 : 3Tundra EsportsTundra Esports$85,000
2021-08-161stA1Tier 2OGA Dota PIT Season 5: ChinaDota PITDota PITOGA Dota PIT Season 5: ChinaPSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD3 : 0ElephantElephant$62,500
2016-08-139th - 12thA0Tier 1The International 2016The InternationalThe InternationalThe International 2016LGD GamingLGD GamingLGD Gaming0 : 2Digital ChaosDigital Chaos$311,557
2016-06-124thA0Tier 1The Manila Major 2016Dota Major ChampionshipsDota Major ChampionshipsThe Manila Major 2016LGD GamingLGD GamingLGD Gaming0 : 2Team LiquidTeam Liquid$255,000
2015-08-083rdA0Tier 1The International 2015The InternationalThe InternationalThe International 2015LGD GamingLGD GamingLGD Gaming0 : 2Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses$2,211,554
2015-05-231stA0Tier 1i-League Season 3I-LeagueI-Leaguei-League Season 3LGD GamingLGD GamingLGD Gaming3 : 0Vici GamingVici Gaming$213,360
2015-02-084thA0Tier 1Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015Dota 2 Asia ChampionshipsDota 2 Asia ChampionshipsDota 2 Asia Championships 2015Big GodBig GodBig God1 : 2Team SecretTeam Secret$214,026
2014-07-211stA0Tier 1The International 2014The InternationalThe InternationalThe International 2014NewbeeNewbeeNewbee3 : 1Vici GamingVici Gaming$5,025,029
2012-09-023rdA0Tier 1The International 2012The InternationalThe InternationalThe International 2012LGD GamingLGD GamingLGD Gaming1 : 2Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming$150,000
Complete list of results in any tournament
DatePlaceTierTournamentTeamResultPrize
2022-10-235th - 6thA0Tier 1The International 2022The InternationalThe InternationalThe International 2022PSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD0 : 2Team AsterTeam Aster$662,543
2022-08-142ndA0Tier 1PGL Arlington Major 2022Dota Pro CircuitDota Pro CircuitPGL Arlington Major 2022PSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD1 : 3Team SpiritTeam Spirit$100,000
2022-07-241stA0Tier 1Riyadh Masters 2022Riyadh Masters 2022PSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD2 : 0Team SpiritTeam Spirit$1,500,000
2021-10-172ndA0Tier 1The International 2021The InternationalThe InternationalThe International 2021PSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD2 : 3Team SpiritTeam Spirit$5,202,400
2021-06-131stA0Tier 1WePlay AniMajorDota Pro CircuitDota Pro CircuitWePlay AniMajorPSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD3 : 0Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses$200,000
2021-05-232ndA1Tier 2Dota Pro Circuit 2021: S2 - China Upper DivisionDota Pro CircuitDota Pro CircuitDota Pro Circuit 2021: S2 - China Upper DivisionPSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD5/-/2Grp S.$28,000
2021-04-043rdA0Tier 1ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021Dota Pro CircuitDota Pro CircuitONE Esports Singapore Major 2021PSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD1 : 2Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming$75,000
2020-10-031stA1Tier 2China Dota2 Pro Cup Season 1China Dota2 Pro CupChina Dota2 Pro CupChina Dota2 Pro Cup Season 1PSG.LGDPSG.LGDPSG.LGD3 : 0EHOMEEHOME$40,000
2019-01-265th - 6thA0Tier 1The Chongqing MajorChongqing MajorChongqing MajorThe Chongqing MajorEHOMEEHOMEEHOME0 : 2Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses$60,000
2019-01-131stA1Tier 2The Bucharest MinorBucharest MinorBucharest MinorThe Bucharest MinorEHOMEEHOMEEHOME3 : 1Gambit EsportsGambit Esports$125,000
Complete list of coaching results in any tournament

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